Syria Update: January 13-19, 2015

January 20, 2015 - Jennifer Cafarella

The report of an ISIS deployment of reinforcements to northern Hasaka province follows recent reports of ISIS fighters withdrawing into the area following a Peshmerga and Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) operation to clear the adjacent Sinjar district in Ninewa Province, Iraq.

Iraq Situation Report: January 17-18, 2015

January 18, 2015 - Institute for the Study of War

The attacks by ISIS on Peshmerga forces in the main area of Sinjar district, west of Mosul, highlight that the area remains contested between ISIS on one side and Peshmerga, Yazidi fighters, and most likely fighters from the Kurdish YPG on the other side.

Iraq Situation Report: January 16, 2015

January 16, 2015 - Institute for the Study of War

ISIS has escalated its attacks on Baquba, the capital city of Diyala Province, at a time when Iraqi Shi’a militias and Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) are preparing to launch an assault to clear ISIS from the last area under its control in Diyala province.

Iraq Situation Report: January 12-15, 2015

January 15, 2015 - Institute for the Study of War

The last three days have witnessed a prioritization of Anbari areas where the Iraqi Government has largely not committed resources since the fall of Mosul in June 2014. The district of Rutba fell to ISIS on June 25, 2014 and has been under uncontested control by the organization ever since.

ISIS Sanctuary Map: January 15, 2015

January 15, 2015 - Institute for the Study of War

ISW has updated its ISIS Sanctuary map! This map, covering both Iraq and Syria, shows the extent of ISIS zones of control, attack, and support throughout both countries.

Syria Update: January 6-12, 2015

January 13, 2015 - Jennifer Cafarella

VBIED Attacks in Aleppo May Signify Increased ISIS Aggression.

Control of Terrain in Iraq: January 13, 2014

January 13, 2015 - Institute for the Study of War

Dhuluiya sub-district and its environs, as well as areas near Balad district were cleared of ISIS on December 29, 2014 following a wide-scale operation launched by various Iraqi Shi’a militias and the ISF.

Iraq Situation Report: January 12, 2015

January 12, 2015 - Institute for the Study of War

The report of the allegedly foiled attack on Um Qasir port is noteworthy, although recent history suggests that such attacks are unlikely to effectively hinder the flow of goods or oil at the port.

Iraq Situation Report: January 9-11, 2015

January 11, 2015 - Institute for the Study of War

The area of Gwer, southeast of Mosul was the closest ISIS gunmen came to Arbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, in August of 2014 prompting U.S. airstrikes to target the organization in the area and prevent its advance.

Iraq Situation Report: January 8-9, 2015

January 9, 2015 - Institute for the Study of War

January 8 witnessed two major attacks by ISIS targeting areas east and west of Samarra district in northern Salah ad-Din Province.